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Franchise Litigation

Clients involved in franchising and distribution matters face a multitude of complex issues arising from the franchise, dealer, or distributor agreement, the franchise disclosure document, state and federal statutes and regulations, and common law.  Cline Williams’ franchise and distribution trial team understands these complex issues and strives to ensure that when disputes arise, our clients’ interests are best served whether that be through negotiation and settlement, alternative dispute resolution, or litigation.  The firm’s franchise trial lawyers have experience successfully handling a wide array of franchise and distribution disputes in federal and state venues including: 

  • Enforcement of system standards
  • Termination of the franchise, dealership, or distribution relationship
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Lanham Act and related state law claims
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Copyright infringement
  • Breach of contract and the implied duty of good faith and fair dealing
  • Deceptive trade practices and unfair competition claims
  • Consumer fraud
  • Antitrust matters
  • Transfer issues
  • Vicarious liability claims
  • Tortious interference, conspiracy, aiding and abetting, misrepresentation, fraud, and other miscellaneous tort claims

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